Muni Haiku Battle III this Saturday!

The Muni Haiku Battle Arena will be resurrected this Saturday at Muni Diaries Live. Are you ready? In every battle, we pit poet against poet in a 17-syllable face-off. Our reigning champion is writer James Nestor, whose wit and impeccable style have won him two handmade trophies. Above, you’ll see James in a very close battle against sex advice columnist Anna Pulley.

The Muni Haiku Battle is modeled after the dirty haiku battles at Oakland’s Tourettes Without Regrets, the Bay’s must-see spoken-word show hosted by Jamie DeWolf. DeWolf refereed that very first battle at Lit Crawl 2012. For this Saturday, we enlisted audience favorite storyteller Jesse James to take on the challenge of besting our reigning champion. Will Jesse be the one to finally unseat James? Come and find out for yourself.

Advance tickets here.

Event info
Muni Diaries Live
Sat., Nov. 9, doors: 6:30, show: 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations
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Save the Date: Muni Diaries Live, Nov. 9!


Photo by Amber Wolf of Wiz Bang Photography

Where do the most unbelievably gross, heart-warming, funny, and weird stories happen in San Francisco? On Muni, of course. Save the date for the next Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Elbo Room! For our tenth show, you’ll hear tales from comedian Nato Green and filmmaker H.P. Mendoza, and culture blogger and Bay Arean extraordinaire Beth Spotswood. And you’ll find out: who will finally beat the current Muni Haiku champion, James Nestor?

We’re also giving away a gift certificate to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana to one lucky audience storyteller, so get your stories ready!

If you’ve never been to one of our shows before, check out the recap of past shows to get a flavor of Muni Diaries Live. The photo above is from our reunion show with Anna Conda (who else can rock velvet gloves like she can?)

We’ll release the full lineup of the show soon, but for now, grab a ticket and invite your friends.

Details:

Muni Diaries Live
Sat., Nov. 9, doors: 6:30, show: 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.
Buy advance tickets

Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations
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17 Choice Syllables About Muni From Anna Pulley

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Photo by Elton Sin

We saw one hell of a Muni Haiku Battle Saturday night between columnist Anna Pulley and writer James Nestor. Anna’s haikus were too good for you to miss, so here are her poems from the battle. There’s even a feisty title that digs at opponent James. I always find good trash talking totally irresistible, don’t you?

Muni Haikus from Anna Pulley:

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Heroes, Idiots, and a Rice-a-Roni Sing-Along. It’s Muni Diaries Live!

Muni Diaries Live 9 Lucky Jesus 2
Photo by Elton Sin

Where else would you erupt into an impromptu Rice-a-Roni sing-along? At Muni Diaries Live, of course! This time we packed in a queercore band, a great lineup of storytellers, plus a rematch of the Muni Haiku Battle. Here’s how it all went down.

Queercore band Lucky Jesus jump-started the show with a cover of Berlin’s “The Metro,” rewritten to fit San Francisco’s own crazy transit.

Muni Diaries Live 9 Lucky Jesus
Photo by Elton Sin

Additional photos of Lucky Jesus by Tara Lohan can be found here.

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A Kiss and Twirl on Stage at Muni Diaries Live

We were totally blown away earlier this month at Muni Diaries Live. And in case you weren’t able to make it, we wanted to share with you.

In January, Elyse sent us one of the sweetest diaries to date: Long story short, she left her wallet on the 33-Stanyan, and when she got it back, she also fell in love.

Fast-forward 10 months, and Mahsa the one-woman band/mime and Elyse delighted the audience at Muni Diaries, to put it mildly. Elyse retold their diary, this time in kill-me cute Dr. Seuss-like rhyme. Then Mahsa covered Prince’s “Kiss” while Elyse broke out into twirl. Mesmerizing and darling and put a bow on it already.

Turn the Lights Down Low at Muni Diaries Live


All Photos by April Malvino

Put on some of that soft mood music and turn down the lights, it’s business time at Muni Diaries Live.

If you weren’t at the show Saturday night, you missed one of the hottest evenings we’ve had to date. We heard stories about making love and finding love on the bus; learned anatomical details about strangers we have never met; and all the other strange but wonderful things that can happen on public transit. Read more

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